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  •  What Changed? (4+ / 0-)

    Surely to leave such a completely constructed world requires a gradual inner change that finally can't be suppressed. But in my experience the timing of any clean break is always coordinated with something outside that changes. When the change comes, perhaps just a different degree of the same old scene, your inner change has made you ready to use it to leave.

    What changed at WBC? What did she learn, however relatively small, that let her body act on her changed mind?

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 05:10:05 AM PST

    •  Could be something outside WBC. (7+ / 0-)

      When I left the SBC, two things made the heat-of-the-moment decision for me: a friend had recently invited me to her church, one I had researched during my longing to leave and had decided was potentially acceptable, and there was an Easter when Easter was an afterthought, which gave me an excuse to give to relatives.

      I knew I had a place to leave to. And in her case, no socially acceptable excuse to give the people she once knew exists, although it seems in the article that she believed one might, so that would have potentially been a far lesser consideration than the availability of a roof and a bed and a pew to sit in so the familiarity of Going To Church is there for someone who probably was never allowed to miss a church service in her entire life.

      Given how fast she found a place to be, I think she knew where she and her sister were fleeing to before they left.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 06:23:00 AM PST

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    •  What changed? She was expected to become the (3+ / 0-)
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      abuser of the children.

      For 20 years she was abused.  We knew that.  We left her there to get on as best she could.

      What will change with you?

      guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

      by 88kathy on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:45:50 AM PST

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    •  If you read the links (0+ / 0-)

      She describes the evolution of her thinking. She indicates there was one "conversation" on twitter that led her to begin questioning, and that seemed to open the doors for more.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:34:56 AM PST

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    •  Probably she did (1+ / 0-)
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      She was using social media and something probably got through to her and caused her to question her beliefs - and once she did, she acted.

      Not everyone is that courageous.  It must have taken a huge effort to even think about leaving, let along actually doing that.

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